Report: LIV Golf Getting Frustrated Over 'Slow' OWGR Process

A source has told Sports Illustrated that LIV Golf officials feel they are "being slow played" by the Official World Golf Ranking

Norman looks on and speaks
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Recently, LIV Golf CEO, Greg Norman, stated that the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will become obsolete if they don’t include LIV Golf players, with the 67-year-old claiming: "If they wake up at the end of the year and Dustin Johnson is 102 in the world, is that not a laughing stock to the OWGR? There’s two ways they can go: they can either fold, or they include LIV into OWGR.”

Now, in a report by Sports Illustrated, it is believed that LIV Golf officials are growing impatient at the process that would award them World Ranking points and feel that they are "being slow played" by the OWGR.

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As of writing, the Saudi-backed series are yet to be awarded World Ranking points, with CEO, Norman, sending a letter back in August to OWGR. The problem lies around the players who compete on the LIV Golf circuit who want to play in the four future Majors.

All four use OWGR, to some degree, to set up their fields, with the Masters and Open Championship using a top 50 ballot, while the US Open uses a top 60 cutoff and the PGA Championship the top 100 in the World.

LIV Golf "hopes for a resolution," but has not received any feedback following its application. It's worth noting that the process can take up to a year.

One source explained that the process "is designed for a developmental tour, to see how the various aspects of that tour work, to see the level of play. It’s not designed so they can determine whether or not Dustin Johnson is a good golfer."

Cameron Smith takes a tee shot during the Boston leg of the LIV Golf Invitational Series

Cameron Smith is the lowest ranked LIV player in the World Rankings

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Just last month, OWGR underwent a new system where each player in a field contributes performance points, which are partially determined by that player’s Strokes Gained World Rating. You can check out the full breakdown here.

Following its introduction, players like Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter blasted the new system with tweets like: "Literally makes all the tours around the world feeder tours. How they could vote for this and get it passed I have no idea," and "they didn’t vote that’s the problem… How was this possible. How didn’t players have that option."

Norman also slated the OWGR set-up in a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal. In the article, he stated that: "The Official World Golf Ranking system determines not only a golfer’s ranking, but also his qualification for major tournaments and the Olympics... 

"The ranking system must be independent if it is to be credible. With a board dominated by the PGA Tour, the Official World Golf Ranking currently excludes LIV Golf events. That needs to change. If it doesn’t, fans and sponsors won’t know who is the best in the sport."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x